RE: [xsl] Re: On XSLT 2.0 Writing Styles

Subject: RE: [xsl] Re: On XSLT 2.0 Writing Styles
From: David.Pawson@xxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2003 08:36:29 +0100
> There has been an ongoing debate about the merits of using XML syntax
> versus non-XML syntax for a while now, and I don't think it's going to
> go away. It promises to be one of these perennials like "elements vs
> attributes".
> I think it's going to be quite unusual to see XQuery parsers 
> that report
> more than one syntax error in a single compile run. The grammar is not
> robust enough to allow easy recovery from syntax errors, though the
> introduction of semicolons as separators in the latest draft helps.

I think you are supporting the XML syntax of the 'xslt' version?
I.e. better error reporting too?

> I think the advantages of an XML-based syntax are:
> (a) it's useful where the stylesheet includes large chunks of stuff to
> copy into the result document
> (b) it's useful when you want to transform stylesheets or to 
> do any kind
> of reflection or introspection
> (c) it reuses all the XML machinery such as character encodings, base
> URIs, entity references
> (d) it's much easier to provide user or vendor extensions to the
> language in a controlled way.
> But there's no doubt that the XQuery style makes it much 
> easier to write
> short queries.

I read that as a +1 for 'xslt' style Dimitre?

regards DaveP.


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